I found, and entered into, this program through advice from Paul Cale, who I met at the Kinetic 1A course in Melbourne. Due to the following;
In March 2018 I enlisted into ARA, and discharged in April 2018, due to an inability to cope with Army structure. Since then, on advice from Army psychologist who conducted my exit interview, I have been working on my personal resilience and discipline through goal setting etc.
So far, I have completed my current goals of improving my fitness, and completing the Bush Lore Australia 3 day survival course, amongst other goals. And I am on to my next target, which is to become a PSO within Victoria Police.
I aim to remain within that position for a few years, and then reapply to the ADF to serve within the ARA or RAAF.
I found both the theoretical and practical components of the Level 1-A course to be well structured and informative. It suits both those looking for an introduction to self defence, and people like me who have a background in martial arts.
As for what I got out of it, I enjoyed how Paul Cale went into the legalities around self defence, mindset, and the simplicity of the training. It was cohesive.
Update on my goals; I have advanced roughly 1/3 of the way through the PSO assessment, kept working, and in addition have been volunteering with my local CFA brigade as a volunteer firefighter. Further to that, I have begun volunteering at another organisation, and am on the way to begin training with a local SES unit.
However physically I have had to start from scratch; with a quadriceps injury in December, which was later compounded by a knee injury that required surgery late February. Mentally it was tough, but the training here, Bush Lore Australia, and the new physical goals I had to set have helped massively in keeping disciplined and focused on attaining my other goals.